Coping in parents and caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A review.

Lai, Wei Wei and Oei, Tian Po S. (2014) Coping in parents and caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A review.. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1 3: 207-224. doi:10.1007/s40489-014-0021-x


Author Lai, Wei Wei
Oei, Tian Po S.
Title Coping in parents and caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A review.
Journal name Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2195-7177
2195-7185
Publication date 2014-06-03
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s40489-014-0021-x
Open Access Status
Volume 1
Issue 3
Start page 207
End page 224
Total pages 18
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Parents and caregivers of children with ASD have reported significant stress and challenges in caregiving. However, stress coping research in parents and caregivers of children remains limited. This review attempted to close this gap. For this review, 37 studies investigating the (1) underlying themes, (2) contributing factors, and (3) psychological outcomes of ASD-related parental and caregiver coping, were selected from the literature. Results revealed that the two most useful coping resources, i.e., problem-focused coping (45.9 %) and social support (37.8 %), were supported by parental stress coping studies. Parents’ and caregivers’ use of coping strategies was also influenced by (1) demographical characteristics (i.e., gender, age, education, income, language) and psychological attributes (i.e., personality, cultural values, optimism, sense of coherence, benefit-finding and sense-making abilities, emotional health, coping styles), (2) child characteristics (i.e., age, gender, medical conditions, cognitive and adaptive functioning abilities, language difficulties, and behavior problems) and (2) situational variables (i.e., treatment availability, family function, and clinician referrals to support resources). Finally, methodological limitations in past studies were discussed. This review emphasized the importance of further examination on the coping mechanisms of parents/caregivers of children with ASD.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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